Baby it's cold outside! This photo essay of the gorgeous Horse Heaven Hills AVA exudes warmth.
Of the three Ferrari sparkling wines I tried last year, my favorite was the fresh, elegant, complex and perfectly balanced 2004 Perlé Metodo Classico. This year, I had the pleasure of sampling the 2006 vintage Perlé Metodo Classico, and once again, I was captivated by the Perlé's elegance and complexity.
Thankful for the over-sized bush of aromatic, year-round Rosemary in my back yard, I was able to give a naturally rustic look to my Thanksgiving dining room table, where everyone enjoyed Gratitude, a 2011 Pinot Noir.
I now have another South African beauty of a wine to add to my ever-growing list: Rib Shack Red - and this masculine wine pairs perfectly with a masculine guy.
Surprisingly, there aren't very many producers in Oregon that have a fundamental focus on the production of sparkling wine. But for those that do, the sparkling wines are terroir driven and absolutely spectacular - Argyle Winery is one of those wineries that consistently produces top-of-the-line bubbles.
Operated by three women, Mary Olson (owner), Elizabeth Clark (winemaker) and Sue Shay (Marketing and Sales Director), Airlie is a boutique winery with thirty acres of grapes tucked into the Coastal Mountain Range at the west end of the Willamette Valley.
The holiday spirit is coming to Oregon Wine Country in a new way this year. The Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association (DHWA) members are banding together for a special month-long Deck the Hills holiday celebration beginning with the annual Thanksgiving weekend tastings and continuing to Christmas.
Located in the North Willamette Valley near the foothills of Oregon’s breathtaking Coastal Range, Montinore Estate is comprised of 240 acres of contiguous vineyards that are Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Stellar Certified Organic
Among some of my favorite Chehalem Mountains vineyards is Vidon Vineyard, "A Boutique Winery on a Petite Vineyard."
I'm nearing the end of my first case of Best Case Scenario Oregon Pinot Noirs. With a great theme, From Blockbuster to Beauty: The Evolving Style of Oregon Pinot Noir, I've sampled and learned about how twelve different Oregon wineries have evolved through the years with their winemaking styles used for producing some of Oregon's finest wines.
With the gorgeous weather we've had the past month, we've been doing a lot of grilling. One of the best pairings: Bacon & Blue Cheese Steaks with Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel 2010.
Organizations like ¡Salud! make me proud to be a part of the great state of Oregon and our thriving wine industry.
Reservations I had on Pinotage were instantly removed when I popped the cork on Silkbush Mountain Vineyards Lion's Drift 2009 Pinotage.
International Wine of the Month Club is a family owned business that's been selecting wines for their customers from boutique vineyards around the world since 1994 - a worthy gift for wine enthusiasts.
The leaves on the trees in the Willamette Valley are simply stunning come October - there's no better pairing than a beautiful fall day with an Oregon Pinot Noir.
The lovely folks at Stoller Family Estate hosted us for a two night stay in their beautiful Cottage at the Pond.
Red Ridge Farms is an olive grove, an olive mill, a lavender farm, a vineyard, a winery, a tasting room, an events center and an inn, with both a guest suite and a cottage for accommodations - there's nothing quite like it in Oregon.
A photo essay of the ambrosial foods and drinks we experienced for Eugene's first-ever Battledish event.
I recently had the opportunity to join in on a fun and interesting virtual tasting of California's Murrieta's Well wines with fourth generation winegrower and co-owner of Murrieta's Well, Philip Wente; along with, Executive Chef Matt Greco of the award-winning Restaurant at Wente Vineyards.
My new wine glass addiction: Zalto Burgundy stemware
Yesterday, while we watched the Oregon Ducks cream the California Golden Bears in hours of non-stop Oregon rain, we enjoyed two excellent Pinot Noirs from Oregon's Elk Cove Vineyards: 2011 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and 2011 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir.
Achaval-Ferrer Estates' motto is, "focused on exceptional terroir-driven wines," and I believe wholeheartedly that they are living up to their motto.
A photo essay of Oenocamp at Kramer Vineyards: Harvest 2013
Love Pinot Noir? Then the one and only event that needs to be added to the bucket list is the International Pinot Noir Celebration, also known as IPNC.
2012 Big Sissy Chardonnay ($35). Expecting a rich and bold expression of the varietal, like many other Chardonnays I've tasted from Washington, I was taken-back by it's crispness and lovely acidity.
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The wine grape harvest is officially under way at many of Oregon’s 463 wineries and 849 vineyards as the state’s industry looks forward to one of its earliest and most promising harvests in years.
These are not your average white wines.
Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir has fresh red berry aromas and flavors with hints of spice and earth, the mouthfeel is round, juicy and totally palate pleasing.
Expecting a super-sweet flavored, syrupy textured beverage, I was immediately taken back by its crisp, refreshing and bright characteristics. This was unlike any mead I had ever experienced.
"This is the first time that Jadot will produce wine outside of Burgundy."
Fresh off the boat, a basket full of Oregon Dungeness Crab came home with me at a time that could not be more perfect: the same day that I had a bottle of the Adelsheim 2011 Bryan Creek Pinot Blanc chilling in the fridge.
According the the American Wine Consumer Coalition, Oregon is ranked No. 1 in the nation for its friendliness to wine consumers.
I tell you, this is one of the most pleasing, most well balanced, most elegant, most sumptuous and most delightful wines I've ever tried.
For the first time in 3 months, I've had the entire day free of any engagements. So what does a Pinot Noir loving gal like me do? I pulled the cork out of the 2008 Amalie Roberts Estate Selection Pinot Noir, took the bottle and my favorite Riedel Oregon Pinot glass out on my back patio, put my feet up and enjoyed some much needed rest and relaxation.
After an incredible Sparkling Brunch finale to a weekend filled with stellar Pinot Noirs at the world-famous International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), I headed over to the Back Room at Nick's Italian Cafe in downtown McMinnville; 57 Oregon Rieslings were waiting to grace my palate with a world of complex flavors and textures.
Two nights before the official IPNC celebration began, I met up with other Pinot Noir lovers on Twitter for a round of Wine Wednesday #WineChat (a scheduled weekly wine conversation), and the theme was - you guessed it - Pinot Noir.
Located in the Designated Origin (DO) Yecla, which is within the Region of Murcia, Spain, Bodegas Señorio de Barahonda is a state-of-the-art winery that has an interesting four-generation history.
I tried my first ever 100 percent Monastrell (a 2012 La Purísima Monastrell) at this winery, and I was instantly taken back by its excellent qualities and fruity freshness.
There are three Designated Origin (DO) wine growing areas within the Region of Murcia, Spain: Yecla, Jumilla and Bullas. The first DO we focused on during a recent media trip to Murcia was Yecla.